Construction worker and aspiring country singer Red Marlow impressed with his cover of John Anderson’s “Swingin'” during this week’s blind auditions for The Voice.
The burly Alabama native tore through the song, hitting every note perfectly while playing along on his guitar. Near the end, Blake was the first to turn his chair around, followed quickly by Miley.
Watch his full blind audition below.
“You were awesome,” judge Adam Levine told Marlow. “If there was any chance I thought you would maybe in a million years picked me, I would have pressed, but I didn’t, because I’m not stupid.”
Cyrus was enthusiastic about Marlow, standing up to cheer him on. “You may already have this set that you want to go to Blake,” she stated. “I came here to this season because I want to bring a new face to country music. When I grew up I sat with Waylon Jennings, I sat with Dolly Parton, I took notes. I’m here to win The Voice with a country artist and Red, you’re as country as it gets!”
It’s no surprise that Marlow chose Blake Shelton, as the two had met before. Still, his performance made quite the impression on all four judges. “I love when I get to see someone who’s more country than Blake,” Levine joked.
You can follow Marlow’s journey on The Voice by tuning in each Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.